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Monthly Meeting – May 2, 2019 – “Identifying, Organizing and Restoring Photos” by Kathy Nielsen, MA, MLS

Where do we start? Our photo collection can be overwhelming and unwieldy. But photos are so important in discovering information about our ancestors. Join Kathy Nielsen as she shares some tips on photo identification, organization and restoration. She will introduce you to Restore, a new and easy photo editing application. There is hope.

Kathy Nielsen is a reference librarian in the California History Room at the Monterey Public Library. Kathy has been an educator and a librarian for over four decades. She has shared her adventures with the Monterey County Genealogy Society, the Monterey Public Library, the Carmel Valley Library, Gentrain, OLLI, and the DAR Ancestor Round-Up Seminar. Kathy incorporates her skills as an historian, a storyteller, and a librarian in her search for her family’s history.

Doors open at 6:15 pm, the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.


“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” – Albert Einstein


A little experiment – MyHeritage DNA Kit completed – abt 5 weeks

The excitement over MyHeritage’s new Theory of Relativity caused me to order their DNA test. I have taken ever other type of genetic genealogy DNA test there is, so I figure one more shouldn’t hurt! The last test I took was a Big-Y at FTDNA and it took about a year to get my results. Since FTDNA does the processing for MyHeritage, I have decided to track the time it takes to get my results.

Apparently MyHeritage is switching to a new chip type, perhaps this will cause a bit of a delay over normal. And I presume the Theory of Relativity has stimulated many new testers besides me. So I am expecting above average turn around time.

Anyway… I put my “biohazard” sample into the mailbox this afternoon, March 13. I am hopeful. I have heard good things about MyHeritage DNA reports and am anxious to see them.

Follow Up
2-28-2019 Ordered
3-13-2019 Mailed Kit
3-20-2019 Sample Received by labs
4-23-2019 DNA Kit Available!

It only took about 5 weeks from the time I mailed the sample. Not bad at all. But, when I attempted to download my raw DNA file, I received this message:

Your DNA sample was processed using a new chip. We are working to support the export of DNA data processed on the new chip, and this will be available soon.

So, good news, bad news. It looks like everything else is there, I am still having fun playing around.

Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential includes Barbara Rae-Venter

The leader and founder of our DNA Interest Group here at MoCoGenSo, Barbara Rae-Venter, was just announced to be one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in 2019“!

You may remember that earlier this year Barbara was selected as one of NATURE Magazine’s “10 People Who Mattered This Year“. This new honor is even more impressive when you realize that only two people are on both lists: Barbara for her work as a pioneer in using DNA to solve crimes and Mr. He Jiankui, the scientist who used CRISPR to edit the genomes of two infants in China. Time Magazine must feel that DNA is on the forefront of fields set to make major changes in our society.

This puts Barbara in the room with Lady Gaga, Jane Goodall, Xi Jinping, Robert Mueller, Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Greta Thunberg, Tiger Woods, Mark Zuckerberg and 90 more!

The full set of the 100 “Most Influential” list can be seen here: TIME 100 for 2019. Or find it by searching for TIME 100.

If you want to see Barbara in person, come to our monthly DNA Interest Group meetings. We are lucky to have Barbara in our group, helping us with our own genetic genealogy puzzles.

Congratulations again, Barbara.

Membership Renewal Time Is Overdue!

Oops, I am late in posting this reminder this year. Help me out by renewing now, if you haven’t already done so.

Spring has come and April is time to remind everyone that your MoCoGenSo 2018 membership has expired, and it is time to renew. The dues will remain the same at $20.00 for individuals and $25.00 for families (add $7.50 for paper copy).

An important way to learn more about your ancestors and their lives is to join a genealogy society that focuses on the area in which your ancestors lived. Genealogy societies conduct research and preserve information about a specific area, and most publish some sort of newsletter, journal, or other periodical. The articles offer insight into the area and the people, and can provide help in conducting your research in an area. There are genealogy societies at the national, state, county, parish, province, and other levels. Annual membership fees are reasonable and the benefits are considerable.

The Monterey County Genealogy Society is one of these organizations right here in your own back yard. It serves its members in many ways. The board of directors is made up of members just like you.

Remember our society is only as strong as our membership, and those who get involved.

OUR MEMBERSHIP YEAR RUNS FROM APRIL 1 TO MARCH 31 OF THE FOLLOWING YEAR. For renewing members, you can renew using the membership form in your recently received newsletter. New or renewing members can download and print a copy of the Membership Application by clicking here. There will always be copies of this form at our monthly meetings.

Join me by staying with MoCoGenSo and getting the E-Newsletter.

Thank you for being a supporter!

Monthly Meeting – April 4, 2019 – “My 4 Favorite Things to Do on FamilySearch” by Dayna Jacobs, AG®

It’s time to learn a few new tricks on FamilySearch! Dayna will share how she uses the Memories area, show how to attach sources from Records Hints, demonstrate how to find both unindexed and indexed digitized records in the FamilySearch Catalog, and share her favorite ways to use the FamilySearch Research Wiki. If you are stuck in a FamilySearch rut, this will give you some new research ideas.

Dayna Jacobs has been on the staff of the Monterey Family History Center since the mid-1990s and has taught classes on many different topics at various conferences and societies over the years. She enjoys helping and mentoring patrons as they search for their ancestors and served for many years as staff trainer and Assistant Director of the FHC. Dayna also serves on the Board of Directors of the Utah Genealogical Association and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, chairing their outreach and public relations committees. She holds the credential of Accredited Genealogist®, with a specialty in Mountain West States, and recently wrote the credentialing exam for the Southwest states.

Websites: ongrannystrail.com; fairytalegenealogy.wordpress.com
APG page: www.apgen.org/directory/search.detail.html?mbr_id=8834
Linkedin profile: www.linkedin.com/in/dayna-jacobs-ag/

Doors open at 6:15 pm, the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.


“We may not know yet where we’re going, but we’ve already left where we’ve been.” – D.T.Max